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International relations degrees

What is international relations? 

International relations look at the role of powerful states, international organisations and social movements which affect international and regional politics. 

Why study international relations? 

Studying international relations will help you to respond to global questions such as:

  • How should we respond to global crises and conflicts?
  • How does power operate in, across and between states?
  • In what ways do international political and economic processes shape the everyday lives of people across the globe?
  • And how can we explain and evaluate such processes?

What our students think

Find out what our students think about studying international relations at Strathclyde:

Why study international relations at Strathclyde?

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow is an award-winning academic institution - the only to have won Times Higher Education University of the Year award twice!

The School of Government & Public Policy is host to a number of research centres. For example, the European Policies Research Centre is a leading hub for the study of regional development policy and collection of such data in Europe, a centre that is of increasing importance in the wake of Brexit. Specialised policy centres focused on health and energy – such as the Centre for Energy Policy  – also add to the applied policy environment at Strathclyde. 

The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.

We're shortlisted for University of the Year 2021 by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide

Doris Nnenna Aja, MSc International Relations student

Doris Nnenna Aja

International relations is a very interesting course. It is also an interdisciplinary course that can prepare you for a career in many spheres of life. My course has exposed me to the nitty-gritty of international relations; how international organizations operate and has also improved my research skills.
Find out why Doris chose Strathclyde